McKINNEY (July 15, 2014) — The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced that Erin Hagood, a 2014 graduate of McKinney Boyd High School, is among the approximately 1,600 additional winners of National Merit Scholarships financed by colleges and universities for 2013-2014. These Merit Scholar designees join approximately 2,500 other college-sponsored award recipients who were announced in late May.

Hagood has been awarded a scholarship from the University of Chicago where she plans to study viola performance and anthropology. Earlier this year, NMSC released the names of three other McKinney Independent School District (MISD) seniors who earned National Merit College Scholarships: Matthew Barrett of McKinney High School (University of Alabama), Jacob Hardin, also from McKinney High School, (Texas A&M University) and Daniel Holland of McKinney North High School (University of Oklahoma).

Officials of each sponsor college selected their scholarship winners from among the Finalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program who will attend their institution. College-sponsored awards provide between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study at the institution financing the scholarship.

This year, 181 colleges and universities are sponsoring about 4,100 Merit Scholarship awards. Sponsor colleges include 106 private and 75 public institutions located in 44 states and the District of Columbia.

This final group of winners brings the number of 2014 National Merit Scholars to more than 7,600. These distinguished high school graduates will receive scholarships for undergraduate study worth a total of approximately $33 million. In addition to college-sponsored awards, two other types of National Merit Scholarships were offered – 2,500 National Merit® $2,500 Scholarships, for which all Finalists competed, and over 1,000 corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards for Finalists who met criteria specified by their grantor organizations.

Earlier this year, NMSC also announced winners of corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards and National Merit® $2500 Scholarships. As reported earlier by the District, four other MISD National Merit Finalists were among those recipients. McKinney Boyd High School Salutatorian Raahil Sha and fellow Boyd senior Tiffany Nguyen received National Merit Corporate-Sponsored Scholarships and Boyd Valedictorian John Henk and McKinney High School Valedictorian Roshni Patel were awarded National Merit Scholarships.



2014 National Merit Scholarship Competition

This year’s competition for National Merit Scholarships began when approximately 1.5 million juniors in some 22,000 high schools took the 2012 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. In September 2013, about 16,000 Semifinalists were named on a state representational basis in numbers proportional to each state’s percentage of the national total of graduating high school seniors. Semifinalists were the highest-scoring program entrants in each state and represented less than one percent of the nation’s seniors.

To become a Finalist, each Semifinalist had to complete a detailed scholarship application, which included writing an essay, describing leadership positions and contributions in school and community activities, showing an outstanding academic record, and being endorsed and recommended by a high school official. Semifinalists also had to take the SAT® and earn scores that confirmed their performance on the initial qualifying test. From the Semifinalist group, about 15,000 attained Finalist standing, and more than half of the Finalists were chosen to receive National Merit Scholarships.

NMSC, a not-for-profit corporation that operates without government assistance, was established in 1955 to conduct the National Merit Scholarship Program. Over the past 59 years, more than 308,000 outstanding young men and women have won National Merit Scholarships worth over $1 billion. The majority of awards offered each year are underwritten by approximately 440 independent corporate and college sponsors that support NMSC’s efforts to recognize scholastically talented youth and encourage the pursuit of academic excellence. For more information visit

Source: National Merit Scholarship Corporation

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